We have been in a housing crisis for quite some time, with an estimated 8.4 million people in England are living in unaffordable, insecure, or unsuitable homes, according to the National Housing Federation. Of those 8.4 million, 250,000 people are homeless or at risk of homelessness, including those sleeping rough and living in a homeless shelter.
Under the Housing Act 1996, local housing authorities in England have a duty to secure accommodation for unintentionally homeless households in an emergency. Whilst more permanent housing is secured, these households may be placed in temporary accommodation. In 2020, there were over 95,000 households in temporary accommodation, an increase of 14% from the previous year. Though the rise was driven in part by an increase in single adult households, the figure has been has almost doubled since December 2011, and shows no sign of slowing.
Housing charity, Shelter, has said that at least 1.2 million new homes are needed to tackle the housing crisis. CPRE has said that there is enough brownfield land to accommodate up to 1.3 million new homes, but new housing developments typically take around three to five years to complete and in this time, the numbers of people who need housing will only grow. So, what is the solution?
Modular buildings can be delivered significantly quicker and with consistent quality when compared to traditional builds. With up to 80% of the project completed offsite, they do not have the challenges of poor weather, and there is minimal disruption to neighbouring communities due to the shortened project times.
Meanwhile Housing schemes using Modular Construction afford the opportunity to accelerate the delivery of new homes on sites that are awaiting permanent redevelopment as the Meanwhile Housing scheme homes can be occupied several years before a final development is completed allowing redundant land to be utilised. With the potential to deliver modular construction projects up to 50% quicker than traditional projects, Stelling Properties believes modular construction provides an immediate solution to homelessness crisis.
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